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Ribbon cutting ceremony includes $20,000 donation to Water for People
Black & Veatch announced it is expanding its Bay Area presence with a new office location in downtown San Francisco to enhance client service. The new office houses engineering and management consulting experts in six Centers of Excellence: heavy civil engineering, management consulting, renewable energy, Smart Grid, wastewater and water reuse.
“Black & Veatch is a global leader in providing sustainable solutions that balance environmental, community and economic impacts throughout project and program planning and implementation,” said Ralph Eberts, executive vice president in Black & Veatch’s global water business. Eberts relocated to the new San Francisco office from his previous post in Singapore, where he oversaw large scale infrastructure projects across the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia.
“Water scarcity and renewable energy implementation are significant challenges for all who live and work in California,” he said. “Solutions we have implemented in other parts of the world, particularly in Australia, provide a blueprint for sustainable development here in the Bay Area. In addition, our breadth and depth of expertise both locally and globally enable us to provide our clients with a single point of contact for their management consulting, energy, water and telecommunications needs.”
The ribbon cutting event included local and global partners, including guests from Australia. As part of the ceremony, Eberts, on behalf of Black & Veatch’s Building a World of Difference Foundation, presented a donation of $20,000 to Chet Aukley, a Volunteer Services Board committee member of the charitable organization Water For People.
Professionals located in the company’s Bay Area offices are developing and implementing projects in the area and across the state. In addition to the new San Francisco location, Black & Veatch also maintains an office in Walnut Creek, Calif. Black & Veatch has grown its presence in the Bay Area since the 1980s.
“The installation of renewable resources is a major driver in the work we do in California,” said Ryan Pletka, director of renewables strategy and planning for Black & Veatch’s global energy business. “The new office in downtown San Francisco will help us best serve those client initiatives.”